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Utah taxpayers paid for hotel room disgraced state Rep used to meet prostitute

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Taxpayers in Utah paid for two hotel stays by a Utah conservative that we allegedly used for an extramarital affair with a Salt Lake City escort, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.

State Rep. Jon Stanard, 43, a Republican from St. George, abruptly resigned on Tuesday, two days before the Daily Mail reported that sex worker Brie Taylor was paid $250 for each of two visits with the conservative lawmaker.

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“We do have hotel receipts,” Greg Hartley, chief of staff for the Utah House, explained. “I do think we will be asking him to reimburse for the two nights hotel that were reported that are in question.”

Stanard may have also used a state phone to set up the trysts, which allegedly included her performing oral sex and the two having vaginal and anal intercourse.

“I was surprised that he was using his real phone number,” Taylor admitted. “I thought that was kind of stupid but I knew he wasn’t a psycho so I met him.”

“I told him I had Googled him and we talked about what he does. He said he comes up to Salt Lake a lot and he would like to see me again,” she continued. “He said he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there.”

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In 2017, the conservative politician voted to increase penalties for soliciting sex. He is married, with three children.

“The most important thing in Jon’s life is his family,” his since-deleted campaign website claimed. “He enjoys being able to spend time with his wife and three children every chance he can get.”

“Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn’t any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations,” said Stanard’s attorney Walter Bugden. “He has resigned his office.”

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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